Base or build with extra 2 months before A race?

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#1

All,

I’ve been fretting over building the right training plan and not making decision for too long - thought I’d open it up to the group for input!

I started the sweet spot base I and moved into short power build and realized that my A race is now almost 2 full months later in the season! I have completed only a few of the power build workouts and need to decide what to do to since I now have an extra 2 months. I was considering the below options but please if anyone has a better idea, send them my way! My A race is a 2 day stage race with a hilly road race on day 1 then a morning TT followed by crit on day 2.

  1. Complete another base phase and get more strength training in while the trainer workouts are easier
  2. Complete 2 build phases before entering the specialty phase.
  3. Go back to base for a couple weeks then enter an extended build phase, adding roughly a month onto each build and base.

#2

Have you considered doing the Traditional Base? (Assuming you have the time that is).


#3

Not sure of the exact timings, and where you currently are, but the usual advice to ‘extend’ a training plan isto do the following:

SS base 1
SS base 2
Build (usually general or sustained power)
SS base 2
Build (most related to your event)
Specialty (related to your event)

I personally wouldn’t do short power build on the first build phase since this type of power can be gained (and lost) faster than the more long/ sustained type stuff, therefore I usually go with general or sustained first time around. Others may argue!